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ARC Review: Dogma of the Five Kingdoms (Book 2 of A Five Kingdoms of Cordizal Series)

Dogma of the Five Kingdoms by Charles K. Jordan In Dogma of the Five Kingdoms , Book 2 of his Five Kingdoms of Cordizal series, Charles K. Jordan again plunges us straightaway into the events unfolding on the continent of Cordizal. Though the war between the Five Kingdoms and the undead Scourge continues, the focus in Book 2 is on the unfolding scheme of the mysterious figure Ta'Lin and his followers. As the book unfolds we see Ta'Lin working to resurrect powerful magik from the past. His scheme threatens to bring an end to the Five Kingdoms themselves, and may lead to a fate worse than death for their citizens. Book 2 picks up right where Book 1 left off. (My review of the first book is here .) While there is the occasional bit of backstory provided, most of the action proceeds apace. The Kingdoms of the Grang, the Nawahl, the Ramons, Arzans and Xandrans, and the ongoing war, are taken as a given. Some of the happenings in Book 1 are alluded to, but not delved into or repeate

Review: A History of the World in 6 Glasses



A History of the World in 6 Glasses
by Tom Standage
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Tom Standage takes a walk through history sampling six beverages that helped shape our world. Standage takes on the history of beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea and soda (Coca Cola in particular). This is both a history of the drinks themselves, and also the social conventions and institutions that grew up around them. He relates the impacts they had on broader events, from the adoption of agriculture all the way up to the present day. A good light read for history buffs by the digital editor of the Economist.

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